Clive Hunt

Maurice ‘Clive’ Hunt is a Jamaican producer, composer, instrumentalist and arranger, who was born in 1952. As a youngster he was drawn to music and recalls sneaking out of his grandmother’s house to watch popular bands and musicians perform. These included bands such as The Skatalites with Don Drummonds and all the fantastic players that were a part of that ensemble, Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, The Melodians, The Gaylads, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Eric Monty Morris and many more, that were the hit makers of the day. Many of which he was able to work with in various musical capacities not long after leaving school up until the present. 

At the age of twelve he attended the Stony Hill Approved School where he joined the music class and was immediately singled out by the teacher as being gifted. At the age of seventeen, he joined the  First Battalion Jamaica Regiment Band, where his skills as a musician were harnessed. He later decided that music was his passion and that he would pursue career opportunities in the field. As an instrumentalist he played the Trumpet, but he as played the Flute, a few keyboard instruments and even a little Guitar and Bass Guitars among other instruments in the studio. He was recruited by Geoffrey Chung, Producer, Engineer, musician of the famed Now Generation Band to work along with him on almost all of the projects he worked on up until his death in ….. During that same time he was an intrigual part of Derrick Harriott’s production team on his Crystal label, there he met and became close friends with artists like Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, the members of the singing group The Chosen Few, Junior Soul, who changed his name to Junior Mervin later when he recorded the hit “Police & Thief”. While working with Derrick Harriott, Hunt was introduced to King Sporty, a producer/artist (Producer co- writer of Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldier and husband of R&B singer Betty Wright), based in Miami Florida, who was a friend of Duke Reid at Treasure Isle Recording Studio, from the Duke Reid Sound System days. Duke Reid immediately ask him to work for him, he worked for Duke as musician arranger up until his death. That collaboration was a special thing for Hunt, as he met and worked with Errol Brown, the nephew of Duke and the engineer at Treasure Isle Studio at the time. It at Treasure Isle Studio that he produced is first record “Milk & Honey”, which was later re-voiced by Dennis Brown for the Joe Gibbs “Visions of Dennis Brown” album. This time was one of his proudest period as a musician, as even though he was one of top sessions players around he was also a member of the Jamaica Philharmonic Orchestra as a trumpeter. Also during this time Clive was a member of the In-Crowd Band, one of the top local bands in the Island, that includes a number of the top recording musicians of the day, like Robbie Lyn, Mikey “Boo” Richards, Mikey Chung and Trinidadian trombonist Jerome Francique, hence the credits for “Milk & Honey”. Clive was briefly a member of Byron Lee & the Dragonaires and subsequently embarked on his first North American tour. Upon his return he was asked by Geoffrey Chung to work alongside him at a newly formed company name Soundtracks Ltd. This company’s artists and production lineup includes; Carl Darkins, Max Romeo, The Abbyssiannians, The Skatalites, Bob Andy and Geoffrey Chung. Projects from this association includes a Carl Darkins album, a Max Romeo album titled “Open the Iron Gate” and the famous Abbyssians lp “Sattamassagana”. Works done around this same time including Culture’s “Combolo” and International Herb” albums, associated with the Treasure Isle Studios, but now operated by the famed female reggae producer Sonia Pottinger. In the 1976 Hunt left for an extended time in The United States of America, still traveling back and forth, he teamed up with Bullwackies in the Bronx (NY) where he worked with most of the reggae artists in and around the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, including a young African student attending Columbia University, who he introduced to the recording studio and recording, who moved on to become one of the biggest reggae artist on the world stage as Alpha Blondy. And Joe Gibbs in Jamaica. At Joe Gibbs, Hunt worked along with Joe Gibbs partner, producer and super engineer Errol “ET” Thompson. Dennis Brown, Johnny Clarke, Beres Hammond, J.C Lodge, Barrington Levy, Trinity, Dillinger, Jacob Miller are just a few of the acts that Hunt worked on their projects, while he collaborate with at Joe Gibbs Recording Studio. As a producer, Clive Hunt likes to say that he as worked with from the “Skatalites to Chronixx or even Popcaan”, depending at what day you ask, as his repertoire keeps expanding with the desire of not only himself, but the of younger artists and producers to work with him. He loves to teach. Passing on his knowledge especially of our cultural musical heritage is primary to him.

Hunt’s early introduction to music came from his father who would sing to him, country & western and R&B songs. He studied classical music for five years before completely submerging himself into the Jamaican musical genres. These include, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Bingi and Dancehall. With a career spanning over forty years he has worked with a myriad of artistes and musical icons. Some of which includes, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clarke, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Etana, Congos, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Burning Spears, Lloyd Parks, Horace Andy, Dean Frazer, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Riley, I-Threes, Spanner Banner, Toots and the Maytals, Leroy Sibbles, Leroy Smart, Nadine Sutherland, Delroy Wilson, Capleton, Vybz Kartel, Chris Martin, Kiprich, Macka Diamond, Aidonia, Lutan Fyah, Sizzla, Alpha Blondy, Jah Cure, Jah 9, Maxi Priest, Ikaya, Queen Ifrika, Marsha Ambrosious, The Green, Katchafire, Boukman Experience, Pierpoljak, Patrice-Bart Williams, most of the top recording musicians and producers that as come and gone in his over 40 years on the recording scene, including members of the Rolling Stones, Saturday Night Live, Bernie Worrell, Betty Wright, Grace Jones. To name a few.

As an avid music lover Hunt is a fan of all good music, including all or most genres of music globally, with his favorite genre being Reggae. Currently within the music industry many producers and musicians can easily be caught in the web of creating electronic music and allowing trends to dictate and limit their creativity as it regards to the music that is created and produced. With this in mind, Hunt’s approach may seem unconventional to many, particularly younger persons. He believes that it is important to appreciate the original inspiration of the music he produces and tries to maintain that feeling or spirit throughout the production.

His talent, experience and sheer musical genius has allowed him to remain current and his ability to intertwine the old with the new has resulted in countless hit records worldwide  Recent credits include the movies Destiny (Soundtrack & Score); Speed 2 & Cool Running, the TV show Breaking Bad (Composer) & Adult Swim and St Row 3 (Composer) to name a few.